Food on a cruise ship is one of the wonderful things about cruising, everybody will rave about it. If you have never cruised before, you will be amazed at the choices and offerings.
Dining and casual eating areas abound on any ship, and the Century is no exception. Some places are not open for breakfast or lunch, but that will in no way deter from the eating experience.
Starting with the Grand Restaurant, which is the main place on board, it is open nearly every day with open seating breakfast and lunch. This simply means that there is no fixed table for you to sit at. Instead, you walk in and get seated, often by yourself, but you can express that you will seat with another party. We have found this works nicely when meeting other people. Either way, you will dine from a menu, that will nearly always please.
Dinner in the Grand Restaurant, is fixed seating, and you have the same table every evening and sit with the same folks every night. We like that OK, but sometimes you get stuck with people you may prefer not sitting with. If so speak with the Maître ‘D and see if you can get moved to another table. We have done this on occasion. There will be a formal dress code on some nights in this dining room. The main dining room also offers anytime dining, you call and reserve a time and show up and you get seated. This seem to be increasingly popular.
Keeping with the fine dining experience, most ships have a Specialty Dining room that will give you a great dinner but at a premium price. It ranges in price from some $25.00 to $40.00 or more. The food is great, umpteen courses, and the service is excellent. It is usually a lot quieter as well. The specialty restaurant on the Celebrity is Murano, and it is all that you could want. We tried it and loved it.
Breakfast lunch and dinner are also served at the Island Cafe on the Century. This is cafeteria style, with just about anything you can imagine. Fruit, cereal, bacon, eggs, sausage, pancakes, waffles, custom made omelettes, buns, sweet buns and more, and all of it very good. That is breakfast, lunch offers salads, a great pasta, stir fry, pizza, and more.
On deck at the poolside grill, lunch is offered in the form of sandwiches made to order, hamburgers and hot dogs all of which taste pretty good. “When you have had steak for a while, beans taste fine”!
Dinner is also offered in the Island Cafe, which is often useful if you don’t feel up to going into the main dining for whatever reason. We have done this on occasion and have had a great meal. You can avoid the need to dress up for dinner in the Island Cafe too.
There are some other little spots where you can pick up ice cream, little tasties in mid afternoon, other breakfast and lunch choices as well.
So, as you an see, there is never a reason to go hungry! There is always food available round the clock even if it means room service. There is no way you will be disappointed when it comes to eating!
A word about loyalty programs, that all cruise ships we have been on have offered. They vary as to what they need for upgrading your status, and what they offer. The Celebrity one we have is very nice. We enjoyed it and took advantage of it at every opportunity. It can offer things like private wine tasting, back stage tours, discounted laundry, free Internet access, priority boarding, and disembarking. The internet access is worth about .75 cents a minute! Sometimes when tendering into a place you can access the front of the line and go ashore first. Our favourite was a special Captains Welcome, and the nightly Captains Club “Happy Hour” where no cost drinks were offered along with some first class canapés. So the message here is to find a cruise line you like, and stick with it, it doesn’t take a lot of cruises to get a status upgrade.
So, thee you have it. The reasons why we love to cruise. We see the world in a floating 5 star spa, all for little more than a couple of weeks in Hawaii. Unless of course you were on the Carnival Triumph this week!
Lots of resources around check out some of these: Cruise Critic
Celebrity Cruise Lines: Celebrity Cruise
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain
Happy Cruising, Ross